It’s Chinese New Year. So my “19” is hidden in the Shanghai car number plate above. You can tell it’s from Shanghai because the 沪 character denotes the region.
And today’s photo is “Gong Xi Fa Cai”. This balloon adorned my apartment in Shanghai for one Spring Festival. The characters offer a traditional New Year greeting and wish for prosperity – “Gong Xi Fa Cai!”
In my half-hearted attempts to continue studying just a little bit of Chinese, I sometimes read John Pasden’s Sinosplice blog. This week John gave us a link to “Spring Festival Wishes from Around China”. There are 15 audio clips of Chinese people wishing each other a Happy New Year. The Beijing clip has an audible “r”; the Shanghai Chongming Island clip honestly sounds like someone I know in Shanghai; but the best one is the super-enthusiastic man from Luzhou, Sichuan. Click on the link and enjoy, even if you don’t know a word of Chinese.